November 9, 2001

Marshall Brain knows how stuff works. His website, "howstuffworks.com", is a collection of articles and links to information about the basics of things from tattoos to cell phones. He started the site as an educational and informative resource for teenagers, and wanted to explain how things work in simple language.

Steven Austad, a zoology professor at the University of Idaho, tells Todd about how he made a bet with Jay Olshansky, of the University of Illinois, about the human life span in 2150. Austad believes that we'll be living to the age of 150 years, and Olshansky contends that it will be 130 years. The 150 dollars bet has been placed in a trust fund, and will grow to 500 million by the year 2150 when the bet is settled. The money will be awarded to the winner's heirs, or selected Universities.

Eric Hansen traveled around Borneo to explore and understand life there. He traveled with groups of native Penan, and tells Todd about his interactions with them and how they welcomed him into their tribe. He discusses how modern technology threatens the Penan people, and the eminent challenges that could change their land and lifestyle forever. Hansen's book about his adventure in Borneo is "Stranger In The Forest".